Host Charlie Travers sets out to explore the diverse music scene and cultures in Miami and finds some unexpected people and places along the way. From stopping by Amara La Negra's music video shoot, hanging out with rapper Trina and visiting a DJ-run ice cream shop in Wynwood to a sizzling South Beach night club to the best indie record store in Little Haiti, see it all in the first episode of On Location.
Hosted by songwriter and "explorer at heart" Charlie Travers, each installment will take a deep dive into the music, culture, venues, and, of course, the people inhabiting some of America's music hubs — all with the goal of finding out what makes these cities tick.
What makes Miami one of the hottest and most diverse music scenes? The answers can be found right here in the Recording Academy's premiere episode of the new digital video series, On Location. Host Charlie Travers takes you deep inside the music and culture of Miami with through a tour of the city's most memorable neighborhoods, shops, hangouts, and hotspots.
Leather and glitter. Gold hot pants and rainbows. Lots of rainbows. But most importantly, community, celebration and music. That's what the Los Angeles Pride festival was all about on Sunday, June 10. From the parade kicking off the day to Christina Aguilera's surprise appearance to killer sets from Eve, Tove Lo, Allie X, and Leland, music had a central role in the festivities. That's not a mistake. We captured a taste of how music showcases all that Pride represents.
Exactly how many things can you learn about a person in 60 seconds? In the case of Demo Taped, the answer is 11. The Atlanta-based singer plays a round of One Take, a fun, rapid-fire game that asks questions about music, life and everything in between. Learn whether Demo Taped prefers the Rolling Stones or the Beatles, the last movie he saw and see if you can name the guilty pleasure song he sings.
Exodus stands as one of Bob Marley & The Wailers' finest time capsules, a work that fused revolutionary calls to action and songs about peace and love. In recognition of the album's timeless standing, as well as its impact on raising Marley's profile as an international icon, Exodus was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2006.
Folk songstress Amber Rubarth recently sat down to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com's rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds. You'll learn about Rubarth's first concert, the last song she jammed out to, her favorite city to visit on tour, and her answer to the age-old pet question: cats or dogs?
For Shawn Mendes, his 2018 self-titled album represents a creative transformation, a big evolution from his start five years ago as a cover star on the social media platform Vine. Released May 25, the new 14-track collection sees the 19-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter trusting his instincts and creating the cohesive album he has always wanted to make.
"For me, it was just about exploring myself musically and not just sticking to one genre, and allowing myself to create the music that my heart really wanted to make," Mendes says. "I'm proud of the fact that you can listen to the top of this album and hear a big rock anthem, and then halfway through you're in some kind of crazy slow R&B jam and then, at the very end, you're in the singer/songwriter world that everybody knows me [for]."
Singers from various genres and backgrounds got some much-needed 411 about resting and protecting their instrument at a Vocal Health Clinic presented by MusiCares and the Recording Academy's Washington D.C. Chapter. Moderated by singer/songwriter Tracy Hamlin, the conversation, which presented a variety of insights, tips and tricks directly from the experts' lips, featured Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Dr. Nazaneen Grant, tenor vocalist Issachah Savage, and GRAMMY-winning gospel/R&B artists Lalah Hathaway and Anthony Hamilton.
Guns N' Roses erupted out of Hollywood's Sunset Strip like a perfect storm of raw punk energy, rock and roll swagger, and enough post-glam aggression to blow any house down. Their debut album, Appetite For Destruction, perfectly captured the chaos and debauchery — along with a touch of tenderness — on its way to becoming the best-selling debut album in history with over 18 million copies sold.
At SXSW 2018, Deva Mahal caught our attention with her soulful voice and lyrics. Her debut album, Run Deep, was released days later on March 23. Whether solo or singing with her father Taj Mahal, the personality behind Deva Mahal's music rings clear as always her own. But all of that was before she earned the top spot on the One Take leaderboard with 16 answers completed, during which we learned about the last song the soulful singer/songwriter listened to, whether she prefers dogs or cats, her favorite part about Hawaii, and so much more.
The Mrs — comprising drummer Andra Liemandt, bassist Jenny Mason, keyboardist/singer Larissa Ness, and guitarist/vocalist Mandy Prater — aren't your average rock band. Sure, they have killer tracks such as "Blink Of An Eye" or "Somewhere To Go" to their name, but they also have a bigger mission: to spread kindness.
Ahead of their Kindnesspalooza benefit at SXSW 2018, we caught up with Liemandt, Ness and Prater who were game to take part in an installment of One Take, the Recording Academy's fun rapid-fire question game. From this we learned all about the Mrs preference for major cities, their favorite part about their hometown, Austin, Texas, the last book they've read, their favorite animal, and so much more.
Celebrate Mother's Day this year with the perfect soundtrack to tell you mom how special she is — with Trina's latest track "Mama" featuring Kelly Price. The Recording Academy was on set of the song's video shoot to get the behind-the-scenes scoop with the Miami-based artist and host/songwriter Charlie Travers. Trina revealed "Mama" was inspired by her own mother, and the tough time she was going through while recording her latest upcoming album, The One. And as for celebrating your own "Mama," Trina offered a few words of advice.
"Respect, admire, love your mom," says Trina. "You only get one mom in the entire world. You can never, ever get another one. … No matter what happens, one only comes your way, that's a blessing."
Miami-based artist Kevin Pouya has been living with anxiety since he was a teenager. The Recording Academy caught up with Pouya, who sat down with host/songwriter Charlie Travers in his hometown, and the rapper opened up about how anxiety has impacted his life and career and how he has learned to manage in his day-to-day life.
"It's still something that I deal with to this day, but I've learned to cope with it a little bit better," Pouya says. "Sometimes I have really bad weeks, really bad months and sometimes I have really good months."